from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young conger-eel. The young do not resemble the adults: they are elongate, thin, and have very small heads.
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However, eel-farming is driven by the market. seafood pointed out why eel farming relies on glass-eel fishery heavily:
Latest technology seems to be able to reduce the environmental impact of glass eel fishery, as some Japanese biologists claimed that they have successfully rear eel larvae to glass-eel.
When the glass-eel market is hot, one glass eel is worth NTD 50.
However, when a glass eel only worth NTD 8, we can imagine what a difficult life the glass-eel fishermen are when they need to go into the sea for the damn cheap glass eels.
In the outlet of the Lany-Yang river, there have been one fisherman towed away by the tide since this glass-eel season have began.